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12/22/2011 - Holiday Travel Season Reaches Peak at Orlando International Airport


ORLANDO, FL. – With more than 119 thousand passengers moving through Orlando International Airport on Friday, December 23rd, it is expected to be the busiest travel day of this holiday season. Today, Thursday the 22nd is scheduled to be the second busiest day with more than 117 thousand travelers. Orlando International Airport is predicted to be one of the three busiest airports in the nation this holiday travel season, according to Orbitz.com. Travel at MCO is expected to increase approximately 1% over this same 17-day period last year with a total of 1.9 million passengers moving through the terminal.

Anticipating an increase in passenger traffic, Orlando International is increasing information access, customer service and holiday festivities, including a variety of cultural offerings ranging from the Orlando Ballet and Orlando Philharmonic ensembles to a flash mob and musical performances by Lane & Company, Dickens Carolers, Tropical Harmony and Legacy. It was all designed to make the travel experience as seamless and pleasant as possible.

Assignment Desk Note: All performances can be viewed on You Tube and video accessed for news stories by going to www.orlandoairports.net and then clicking the You Tube icon on the bottom of the homepage.

Parking Enhancements:

  • Parking is plentiful with over 20-thousand spaces available in the garages and satellite lots.
  • The Blue Lot has been renamed “North Park Place” economy parking lot.
  • The Red Lot has been renamed “South Park Place” economy parking lot.
  • E-Pass / SunPass can now be used for entry to the parking garages from the third level access ramp.
  • Enhancements include; faster, efficient customer-friendly service, new state-of-the-art shuttle buses for a more comfortable, rapid transport to and from the main terminal building, 24 hours a day 7 days a week service with the promise that “No One Parks You Closer!

Lost and Found:

  • Approximately 80-140 items a day are turned into Lost and Found.
  • The most commonly misplaced item is a man’s belt.
  • Also commonly turned in to Lost and Found, laptops and ladies jewelry.
  • Lost and Found can be accessed and items recovered online, on the phone at 407-825-2111, or in person

Airport Information:

  • Travelers can retrieve information about flight status online or on their smart phones at www.orlandoairports.net
  • Become a friend of Orlando International on Facebook at facebook.com/flyMCO
  • Another option for receiving the latest airport and flight information can be found by calling 5-1-1.

Useful travel tips to remember:

  • Pack lightly.
  • Do not wrap holiday gifts in your carry-on luggage. They will be subject to search.
  • Keep your passport and or other government-issued picture identification handy as it will be needed at various stages of the check-in process.
  • When picking up passengers, remember to allow 30 minutes after scheduled flight arrival time before driving to curb for pickup. This allows time for guests to move through the terminal, collect their luggage and meet you at the curb for quick, hassle-free pickup.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!


For more information or high resolution copies of the above photos, contact Carolyn Fennell or Rod Johnson in the Office of Public Affairs at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.


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